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Poll Results: Where does cake decorating fit in your life?

 
  • 1% (3)
    I own my own bakery/shop (outside my home).
  • 3% (7)
    I own my own bakery/shop (inside my home).
  • 16% (30)
    I am a homemaker and I sell cakes out of my house on the side.
  • 25% (48)
    I have a job and I sell cakes out of my house on the side.
  • 51% (96)
    I just do cakes for friends, family and fun!
  • 1% (2)
    My job is decorating cakes in a bakery (other than your own).
186 Total Votes  
post #31 of 116
I work full time at the admissions office of a well known university and been there for 10 years. It's a very stressful job, am looking to retire in a couple of years. I've been cake decorating for nearly three years and sell from my home and have a big clientele. I love being creative but sometimes it gets too busy like last night could not go to sleep until 6:30 this morning as I had 4 cakes orders all to be picked up by twelve today and I am talking big cakes. It's crazy!! Everyone suggests me to retire and do this full time, don't know maybe after retirement. I like the money I'm making though!
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post #32 of 116
I started out about 3 years ago just for fun and then I made my daughter's wedding cake and then some birthday cakes and now it is 3 or 4 cakes a week. It gets to be a little much for someone with a full time job. I work 40 hours as an office manager. Would really like to have my own business, but not sure I could make a living at it and I have to have an income. Like reading about everyone!!
post #33 of 116
I am a IT tech support person for national newspapers and ad agencies around the United States.

I would dearly love to leave my job and work at a bakery here in the USA but the huge pay cut kinda puts me officon_wink.gif I did have a interview once and went in for a "audition" at a bakery but he never called me backicon_sad.gif

My hubby and I are moving back to Australia by the end of the year so I plan to leave my IT career behind and become covered in frosting, cake batter and fondant bits full timeicon_wink.gif.. I plan to start a cake store if my at home business becomes succcessful.. thumbs_up.gif

I have been struggling with what I want to do with my life and I finally realised about a year ago that my artistic interests and my interest in pastry can come together to make art you can eat.
post #34 of 116
I am new to cake decorating. Took the Wilton classes for a means to get away for a couple hours a week. I am a full time Administrative Assistant. I have two daughters that are in their late teens, am married to a nutsy husband and have 4 parrots that love to nibble on the left over cake from leveling.

I must agree as well, of all the crafts I do, I enjoy cake decorating the most.
post #35 of 116
I have taught myself how to decorate cakes and have been doing them for fun for almost 6 years now. My first major project was my own wedding cakes- got married at the courthouse and had a dinner at my in-laws house afterwards. I just do them for fun since I don't have time to do them full-time, not to mention I don't I would want to do this full time. I work at a computer helpdesk for a department store, and wish I could afford to be a SAHM icon_cry.gif But with hubby working full time and going to school full time, there is no overtime on his paychecks from him, oh well.
I enjoy baking cakes for work, and I usually volunteer to make cakes for life events in my department (baby shower, going away)
I would not mind doing this on a part time basis from home, but that is not feasible right now. So I stay on this site and do cakes whenever I can.
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post #36 of 116
I'm a full time graduate student trying to earn my PhD in Bioengineering in San Diego. I started cake decorating classes almost a year ago after I saw one of my fellow labmates bring in an awesome cake that she decorated for a birthday in the lab. She got me inspired, so I went and took the Wilton classes and volunteered to make cakes for birthdays or events here at school or for anyone I knew. It's my creative outlet away from science. My hubby tells me that I should leave the sciences to open a bakery since I've become a baking freak. It was funny hearing that from him since he's also a graduate student. I have a friend who wants me to do her brother's wedding cake in Sept., but I haven't really heard back from the bride-to-be as to whether if she wants me to do the cake. It'll be a fun challenge since it'll be my first $$ cake and first wedding cake, that is if I get the job. icon_biggrin.gif
post #37 of 116
I am a single mom (recently divorced thumbsdown.gif ) that work full-time for a college in student activities and summer conferences. I self-taught myself some, but then my co-workers gave me the Wilton Cake classes as a xmas gift, because they knew it was something I have always wanted to do, but wouldn't spend the money on! Since completion I have done several cakes and sold them...the extra income is put away for me to use as shopping money for myself and son. My job keeps me extremely busy as does my son...so I have to be selective of how many jobs I take and when...my problem is I can't say "no" to anyone. icon_rolleyes.gif Oh well...enjoy doing it is all that matters, and the extra money is a plus too! I like being creative, and seeing the reactions when the project is finished!
post #38 of 116
Hi All...
I am a Stayat-Home-Mom also.I started a small home based cake decorating business about a year and a half ago.I primarily do character cakes for kids but lately have been doing everything from Cookies,Anniversary cakes,40th birthdays,60th Birthdays etc.I just like to decorate and am glad to say that I am maintaining a good clientele! I have two small kids 4 and 2 and they keep me busy.My husband and I own a small construction company so I do the books also!! I am also an avid seller and buyer on Ebay (Mostly buyer) but sshhhh don't tell my husband how much...Ha!Ha!

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Busy Bakin Kakes For Kids!!!

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post #39 of 116
I WAS DECORATING ICE CREAM CAKES FOR SIX YEARS BEFORE I FINALLY WENT AND TOOK THE WILTON CLASSES. I DO THE BILLING FOR THE AMBULANCE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT THAT I BELONG TO. I AM ALSO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR THE DEPT AND I WORK PART TIME IN A DELI. I DO ALL OF THE ERRANDS FOR MY HUSBAND'S DRYWALL AND ELECTRICAL BUSINESS. PLUS I HAVE TWO KIDS THAT ARE VERY ACTIVE IN DANCE, SPORTS, AND BAND. I AM CONSTANTLY RUNNING THEM ALL OVER THE PLACE BETWEEN ACTIVITIES. I BAKE FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE KIDS CLASSES. I HAVE A FEW FRIENDS THAT HAVE PLACED ORDERS. THE FIRE DEPT LOVES IT WHEN THERE IS A HOLIDAY AND I HAVE TO MAKE SOMETHING FOR THE PARTY - THEY ALL WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS CATHY MAKING! I SOMEDAY WOULD LIKE TO TURN THIS INTO A FULL TIME JOB JUST DON'T TELL THE HUBBY. HE THINKS I AM NUTS AND I AM BUT DON'T LET HIM KNOW THAT.
post #40 of 116
I own a small bridal shop, I just opened this year and before that had been working from home. I cater, sell dresses, do floral ( live) have all the wedding equipment ( arches, candelabrum, punch fountain , kneeling bench etc.) and we have a small kitchen (much like a small home kitchen where I make my cakes. It isnt anything special but it is filled with all my cake stuff and nothing else as opposed to dong them at home where I had to contend with EVERYTHING mixed with my cake stuff. I have an 8 ft stainless table that is my only real restaurant equipment , and my excellent stand mixer.. a home fridge and an old stove (the ovens were bigger back in the day). a big metal shelf for all my cake pans and stands and boxes and thats the extent of my "kitchen".My hubby enabled me to start my shop and do what I love for a living. He is an accountant. SO far I LOVE MY JOB!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #41 of 116
I am an attorney and have been with the same firm for 14 years. I have 2 children. My son is 12 and my daughter is 2. Between work and my kids, wow is my life full. My husband is a child phycologist (behavior specialist).

I love doing cakes and do them for friends and family. The secretaries at work are starting to catch on (I take my practice cakes in for the girls to munch on) and they are asking me to do cakes for them. I just wish I had more time to do the cakes and less time for all of the stress.

Thanks for asking!!!

Lisa icon_lol.gif
post #42 of 116
icon_cool.gif Hello....I use to work for a police investigators for 14 years, then moved out here to CA 13 years ago (been here since) then was working for a large retail store chain out here for 10 years. I had to quit because I was diagnosed with systemic lupus, therefor it makes it difficult for me to be around people in the public.
So I had thought for a long long time about doing cakes. I went to Michaels Craft Store and took all 3 Wilton cake decorating classes. Well, I was most definitely hooked!! I started my own cake business out of my home and it has really taken off.. I really love to decorate the cakes and my favorite is when the customers come to pick up their cakes or it is a wedding cake I have to deliver seeing their face light up or get teary eyed. It gives me a really good feeling inside knowing someone out there appreciates my work. When I was in the retail end of it, those bosses were so obnoxious and rude and didn't appreciate anything you did, they took all the glory and gave us all the crap!!
I am so glad I stay at home now and just do cakes.........
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post #43 of 116
I've been off the boards for a couple of months because of some family drama, but I was so excited to come back and see this topic. I have really enjoyed learning all about each of you!

I own a medical transcription business and work from home. I contract with several doctors' offices here in town. I truly love my job!

I took a Wilton class four years ago to get me out of the house and meet new people and discovered I really love decorating and baking!

I made my cake business legal about a year ago and have some very loyal clients. My husband and I separated about two months ago, so I have limited my orders for the last couple of months, but I think I'm about ready to really get going again.

I have an opportunity to rent a space in somewhat of a local "artisan market/incubator" and I am really seriously considering it. I would still bake at home, but could advertise and sell misc. baked goods there. They had a fudge/candy maker who recently moved out of state, so they really would like it if I could also do fudge, but I would need lots of help from you all for that!

I look forward to hearing more of your stories!

Amy
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post #44 of 116
I'm a journalism professor at our local university, and a licensed private investigator.
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post #45 of 116
I work at the VA Medical Center here in Tennessee where I live. I work in Nutriution and Food Svc, so cake decorating is a hobby plus I have sold some cakes to co-workers and I only wish I was as good as all you other decorators. I look at your pictures and the only word that comes to mind is WOW.
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